An energy-saving induction barrel-heating option is now available directly from Ferromatik Milacron Europe North America, Batavia, Ohio. The nXheat induction heating system was developed by Xaloy Group, New Castle, Pa. It is said to save up to 70% on barrel heating energy compared with conventional heater bands while also cutting downtime and maintenance costs due to heater-band failure. This new option for K-Tek, Maxima, and Cap-Tec machines uses a high-frequency power supply and an induction cable wound helically around a two-piece, rigid insulation jacket that covers the barrel. The long-life coil generates heat within the barrel wall without becoming dangerously hot itself, and the insulating layer combats heat loss to increase efficiency and improve control response. Ferromatik offers nXheat in two forms—an all-zone arrangement in which induction heating completely replaces conventional heater bands, and a Hybrid version in which induction technology is applied only to the feed zone of the barrel while conventional band heaters handle the downstream zones. The hybrid version is typically applied to smaller barrels with inside diameters of 70 mm or less. The Hybrid system offers a 30% to 50% reduction in power consumption and a lower price. This is Milacron’s second new low-energy barrel-heating option. Milacron is also the exclusive supplier to the plastics industry of the Rex Thermal Control Solution barrel heating/cooling technology from Rex Materials Inc., Fowlerville, Mich., described here in July. It is offered on all new Milacron injection, extrusion, and blow molding machines and as a retrofi t through Milacron’s Servtek aftermarket business. (513) 536-2000 • www.milacron.com
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